What's News: April 1, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on after signing a bilateral treaty of partnership with Czech President Milos Zeman (not pictured) at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 29, 2016.
Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on after signing a bilateral treaty of partnership with Czech President Milos Zeman (not pictured) at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 29, 2016.PHOTO: EPA


Moody's lowers bank outlook

Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has revised its outlook on large Singapore banking groups from "stable" to "negative".

The change affects DBS Bank and its parent DBS Group Holdings, OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank, but does not indicate serious problems at the institutions.



Priority lines in MRT stations

Coming to an MRT station near you: Priority queues to enter trains and lifts for wheelchair users, pregnant women, the elderly and parents with strollers. The Land Transport Authority said yesterday that such queues will be rolled out at all MRT or LRT stations here, starting with six pilot stations, including Novena and Chinatown.


Antarctic ice sheet at risk

Continued high emissions of heat-trapping gases could, within decades, launch a disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet larger than Mexico and heave enough water into the ocean to raise the sea level by as much as 1m by the end of this century, according to a study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday.


Growing frustration with Xi?

A series of criticisms of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his policies, including a recent anonymous letter calling for his resignation, could be signs of growing frustration within his party amid the leader's bold moves to consolidate power.


Old can be gold

Asia's demographic dividend may be tilting into a deficit as support ratios fall - but there is opportunity to be gleaned from the research showing the phenomenon of some seniors activating both sides of the brain when solving tasks, says associate editor Ravi Velloor.

Kindle Garden, the first inclusive pre-school in Singapore, marks the end of its first term after starting operations in January. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM


New inclusive pre-school has 125 children on waiting list

A pre-school that promotes inclusion, by having children with special needs learning alongside other children, has proven to be a hit, just months after it opened in January. The Kindle Garden pre-school in Lengkok Bahru is already oversubscribed, with 125 children on its waiting list.


Burnt in aromatherapy fire

A man died after accidentally igniting vapours from aromatherapy diffusers, a coroner's court heard yesterday. Engineer Mohammad Rizalludin Hassan, 34, suffered second-degree burns to 80 per cent of his body last year.


Strong rebound in shares

Singapore shares turned in a rousing performance in March to push the market value to its highest point this year. Market capitalisation of the 765 companies listed here totalled $847.38 billion yesterday, up 3.1 per cent from $821.87 billion on Feb 29, and 5.3 per cent ahead of the $804.9 billion on Jan 31.


Williams up for rugby 7s here

After a month out with a knee injury, All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is back in the New Zealand side for the Asian swing of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series in Hong Kong and Singapore this month.

The 30-year-old is joined in the squad by veteran and fellow World Cup winner Liam Messam, 32, and both will aim to impress ahead of the Rio Olympics, where rugby sevens will make its debut.



Blue Man Group performs here

New York visual arts troupe Blue Man Group is celebrating its 25th year with a world tour, with Singapore as its first stop. It is here for the first time. Its show - an acclaimed mash-up of a rock concert, theatre and dance party - is on until April 23 at Marina Bay Sands.

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